SABEW’s Holiday Gift Guide

Posted By Spring Eselgroth


Special to SABEW


Holiday cards have been mailed, trips home booked and Aunt Edna’s fruitcake received and discreetly discarded.

The final finish on holiday plans? Gifts for your nearest and dearest business writers and editors, of course. Give someone – or yourself – the gift of knowledge this season with one (or two, or three…) of these outstanding books.  Some have been written by SABEW members themselves.




— “The SABEW Stylebook” by Chris Roush and Bill Cloud (Marion Street Press)

This newly published Holy Grail of business journalism is your go-to resource on everything from word usage to ethical dilemmas. It’s an essential piece of every business editor’s and writer’s arsenal and will no doubt earn its spot next to your dog-eared and coffee-stained AP Stylebook.






— “American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company” by Bryce G. Hoffman (Crown Business)
Seek respite from corporate greed and corruption with this inspiring ode to the old-fashioned American work ethic.  Hoffman started covering Ford Motor Company for the Detroit News in 2005, experience that built the foundation for his book about Alan Mulally, the man who turned the floundering company around when other automakers were accepting government bailouts.  “American Icon” reads like a novel and is jam-packed with information and anecdotes that folks of all stripes – journalists, executives, mechanics, etc. – will enjoy.






— “ExecuSpeak Dictionary” by Carol Heiberger (Lulu)

Ever find yourself drowning in an alphabet soup of business acronyms? Heiberger’s handy guide helps you decode the abbreviations and enliven the staid lingo to speak the language of business fluently and knowledgeably. It’s great for fact-checking and has user-friendly indices for cross-referencing and speedy searching.




— “Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path from Print to Digital” by Stephen B. Shepard (McGraw-Hill)

Shepard’s memoir – alternately touching, incisive, inspiring and unsettling – of a life in journalism will hit home for anyone who has watched the industry change dramatically throughout the years. Shepard, former long-time editor of Business Week and founding dean at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, put it best when he wrote, “My personal passage is, in many ways, a microcosm of the larger struggle within the journalism profession to come to terms with the digital reckoning.”






— “The Bloomberg Way: A Guide for Reporters and Editors” by Matthew Winkler (Bloomberg Press)

Winkler’s comprehensive guide takes the philosophy of Bloomberg News and builds a framework for excellence in business journalism from it. This indispensable resource covers everything from how best to tell the story (including essentials for reporting and writing) to which words and phrases are déclassé for the modern journalist.






— “Saving For Retirement (Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery)” by Gail MarksJarvis (Financial Times Press)

If business journalists made half as much money as their CEO subjects, perhaps the demand for this book would diminish. Since they don’t, however, it is a vital resource for journalists with long-term financial goals and plans for retirement. MarksJarvis is a friendly yet authoritative guru on personal finance and how to make the best decisions for your financial situation. It’s an investment that will yield returns in spades.







— “The Bloomberg Visual Guide to Financial Markets” by David Wilson (Bloomberg Press)

This guide provides readers with an exhaustive catalogue and analysis of investments, from bonds and stocks to derivatives and mutual funds. It starts out with simplistic explanations and visuals and builds upon them throughout the book, making it ideal for beginners, veterans and everyone in between.





— “John Paul Stevens: An Independent Life” by Bill Barnhart and Gene Schlickman (Northern Illinois University Press)

Acclaimed business journalist Bill Barnhart teamed with retired lawyer and former legislator Gene Schlickman to chronicle the life of the fiercely independent Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. A must for law junkies and biography fans, this well-researched and colorfully written story will captivate journalists and civilians alike.







— “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust” by Diana B. Henriques (Times Books)

In one of the biggest stories in financial and journalistic history, Bernie Madoff scammed investors in a $65 billion Ponzi scheme before finally being caught and brought to justice. Henriques covered the story for The New York Times from the beginning, and her meticulously reported book unravels Madoff’s intricate webs of deceit. It’s a stunning example of business journalism and pursuit of the truth in a high-stakes quagmire.






(Leah LeMoine is a graduate of the Cronkite School at ASU and works part-time at SABEW.)







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